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NGC, Phoenix Park probe Good Friday blackout

By Vashtee Achaibar Sunday, March 31 2013

The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) and Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited (PPGPL) say they are in the process of conducting a full investigation into Good Friday’s blackout which saw the country being without power for several hours and resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses and severe inconvenience to citizens.

NGC also said in a statement issued yesterday that “we wish to advise as a result of the collaboration between all stakeholders, any threats to the Atlantic Trains have been averted.” The company did not elaborate.

The statement said NGC and PPGPL are continuing to work closely together to support the operations of the Power Generation Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (PowerGen) and the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (TTEC) to restore full electrical power to the country.

As to the reason for the blackout, NGC said that “following a technical problem at PPGPL at approximately 12.25 am on Good Friday, there was an emergency shutdown of the plant, resulting in a reduction of the gas supply to the Point Lisas Industrial Estate and to TTEC.”

It said TTEC was given the all clear at approximately 1.15 am to restart its operations and that it is continuing efforts, with NGC’s support, towards full operations of all their facilities.

PPGPL was expected to be up and fully operational last night.

Companies such as Petrotrin, Trinidad Cement Limited as well as companies at the Point Lisas Industrial Estate are left counting their losses after Friday night’s blackout. Meanwhile TTEC is advising that electrical power has been restored throughout Trinidad and Tobago, as of 6 pm Friday.

And the Water and Sewerage Authority said the disruptions experienced due to the power outage have been resolved.

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